CONROE, Texas (Fwrd Axis) — Former President Donald Trump on Saturday night called on his supporters to stage protests in multiple cities if prosecutors investigating him act and charge him.
“If these radical, vicious racist prosecutors do anything wrong or illegal I hope we are going to have in this country the biggest protest we have ever had … in Washington DC, in New York, in Atlanta and elsewhere because our country and our elections are corrupt,’ he said to cheers from the crowd.
Speaking from Conroe, Texas, Trump once again teased a 2024 presidential run and suggested he would consider pardoning those who were charged in connection with the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. He complained the rioters have been treated “so unfairly” and vented about the criminal prosecutions that Capitol rioters have faced.
“And in 2024, we are going to take back that beautiful, beautiful house that happens to be white, that is so magnificent, and that we all love. We are going to take back the White House,” he said.
“If I run and if I win, we will treat those people from January 6 fairly. We will treat them fairly,” Trump said. “And if it requires pardons, we will give them pardons. Because they are being treated so unfairly.”
Trump’s comments reflect the belief that the majority of Republicans hold — that the rioters should be released and the events of that deadly day forgotten. The House select committee investigating January 6 has issued subpoenas to several members of Trump’s allies, including Roger Stone and Steve Bannon.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, a potential 2024 Republican presidential, recently called the attacks on Trump’s supporters a “smear”.
The Department of Justice has charged over 700 people in connection with the attack on the Capitol, most recently the Oath Keepers.
“It’s a disgrace. It’s a disgrace,” Trump said.
Trump also hinted at another presidential re-election bid in 2024. He used the speech to air his grievances about New York’s investigation into his business practices.
“These prosecutors are vicious, horrible people. They’re racists and they’re very sick — they’re mentally sick,” he said. “They’re going after me without any protection of my rights from the Supreme Court or most other courts. In reality, they’re not after me, they’re after you.”